Poets, Priests, & Paladins: Views of the Medieval World
Medieval Europe: 500 - 1500
ENGL 351 Medieval British Literature
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This course offers a broadly based inquiry into the historical synthesis of Greco-Roman, Celtic, Judeo-Christian, and Germanic Barbarian cultures from the late Roman Empire through the age of medieval Christendom, ending with the Renaissance. The course surveys peoples and institutions, especially those of the knights, the clergy, the peasants, and the townspeople, which shaped this period of Western Civilization.
Reading and evaluating sources from history and literature, the students will learn how those people encountered life, death and the afterlife. Drawing also on art, music, drama, philosophy and theology, themes will include the dilemmas of women's choices, the conflict of chivalry and warfare, the interplay of imagination and reality, and the construction of the Christian faith.
This course will co-ordinate with English 351 and an honors course, Poets, Priests, and Paladins, to offer a broad introduction to Medieval Culture and History. It will be team taught with Dr. Megan Lloyd.
Taken alone, it may count for one History Major course. Taken in conjunction with English It may count for honors credits, 2 History major courses or 2 English major credits.
The required readings are intended both to provide you with important factual and background information before class and to be used as review and reference works afterwards. Before class, you will read the chapters or pages assigned according to the class schedule. Not all topics in the books will be covered in class, but you are responsible for them on the exam and in class discussion.
Especially in your readings book, you must make notes in the margins or a notebook, underline key statements, highlight important passages, and/or annotate essential details in order to be better prepared for classroom discussion.
If necessary, the instructor may give quizzes to test your reading and comprehension of the texts, or evaluate your copy of the text for a quiz grade on your preparation.
Participation and attendance are necessary because lecture and discussion provide the essentials for achieving class goals and objectives. Thus a portion of your grade (about 20%) will depend on your in-class performance. You are required to attend each class, arrive on time, remain attentive, respond to questions, ask questions and participate in any in-class projects.
Classes may be recorded with the instructor's permission, to be used for study and review only. Tapes must be erased after the exams.
The instructor will regularly take attendance. Absences due to college activities, emergency or extended illness may be excused by the appropriate college official. Other absences are unexcused and will lower the class participation portion of your grade. After any absence, you are responsible for making up missed work, requesting hand-outs and already returned assignments, or borrowing notes from other students. Whether absences are excused or not, you cannot get a higher grade than the percentage of classes attended.
All students who have a learning disability, physical handicap and/or any other possible impediment to class participation and requirements should schedule an appointment with the instructor during the first week of class to discuss available accommodations.
If you miss an exam, contact the instructor as soon as possible. You may take a missed exam only at the discretion of the instructor. The makeup exam may be in the form of an oral exam.
If at some point during the semester you must discontinue the course, due to poor performance, illness or some other cause, be sure to follow proper procedures for withdrawal.
Two exams, including a final exam as assigned during finals week.
You will have several in-class discussion/projects, intermittently through the semester. You also may be evaluated by short quizzes or written reports done in-class or after class, either individually or in groups, worth between 10 and 50 points each.
Always you are required read before class the appropriate material (as listed on the class schedule, section VII, or otherwise assigned by the instructor) and be prepared to discuss and/or write about it with the instructor or in small groups.
Short quizzes or written reports may also be required to evaluate the comprehension of video presentations. Students with unexcused absences will receive no credit for the videos/project/discussion. Students with excused absences may prepare a short report, after consultation with the instructor.
You will have several written assignments, as described on the written syllabus.
You earn your grade through work done for this course.
For more information see grading policy.
For your protection, in case of errors in recording, you should keep copies of all exams and assignments until you have received notice of your grade.
Your final grade will be based on a percentage (above 91%=A, 89%=B+, 81%=B, etc.) of the sum of the following points:
You will have several in-class discussion/projects, intermittently through the
semester. As always, you are required to have read before class the appropriate material
(as listed on the class schedule, or otherwise
assigned by the instructors) and be prepared to discuss and/or write about it with the
instructors or in small groups. Students with unexcused absences will receive no credit
for the videos/project/discussion.
Students with excused absences may prepare a short report, after consultation with the instructors.
You may be evaluated by short quizzes or written reports done in-class or after class, either individually or in groups, worth between 10 and 20 points each.
Plagiarism on written assignments is a serious breach of expected academic honesty. For more information see, honesty.html
Both for practice in following guidelines and to facilitate consistency in grading, papers should be uniform in appearance. Every assignment you turn in should have a cover page with your name, but your name should not appear on subsequent pages. For more information, especially about quotations and citations see presentation.html. For information about Turabian/Chicago Manual of Style citation, see citation.html.
The instructor will grade your written assignments based on his evaluation of how well you follow the instructions as to content and presentation.
For more information on the grading of your papers see Assessment.
Links to other medieval websites:
Use these sites to find links to information and sources about the Middle Ages.
Medieval Studies <http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/medieval/medieval.html>.
ORB: The Online Reference Site for Medieval Studies. <http://www.the-orb.net/>.
The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies. <http://www.georgetown.edu/labyrinth/>.
Netserf: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources. <http://www.netserf.org/>.
Voice of the Shuttle (Website for Humanities Research) Anglo-Saxon and Medieval [Literature] <http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=2740>.
Use these sites to find translations of primary source readings from the Middle Ages.
Eurodocs: Primary Historical Sources from Western Europe. <http://library.byu.edu/~rdh/eurodocs/>.
Internet Medieval Sourcebook. <http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html>.
The Online Medieval and Classical Library <http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/OMACL/>.
old English texts <http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/ballc/oe/oe-texts.html>
TAIN BO CUALINGE
Following the Route of the Tain bo Cualinge. <http://www.thetain.com>.
Resources for Studying Beowulf. <http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/english016/beowulf/beowulf.html>. Beowulf in Hypertext. <http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~beowulf/>.
SONG OF ROLAND
Paladins and Princes <http://www.legends.dm.net/paladins/roland.html>. Intro to Medieval History <http://www.ku.edu/kansas/medieval/108/lectures/roland.html>.
Minnesaenger Manuscript. <http://www.bumply.com/Medieval/Manuscript/ms.htm>.
The World of Dante. <http://www.iath.virginia.edu/dante/>. ELF presents: The Divine Comedy. <http://www.divinecomedy.org/divine_comedy.html>.
The Camelot Project. <http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/cphome.stm>.
The Poem as Green Girdle: Gawain and the Green Knight. <http://web.clas.ufl.edu/users/rashoaf/gawain/masterng.htm>.
Anniina Jokinnen. Anthology of Middle English Literature: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. <http://www.luminarium.org/medlit/gawain.htm>.
Jane Zatta, Chacer, The Canturbury Tales, with narration of prologue<http://www.siue.edu/CHAUCER/prol.html>.
Susan K. Hagan, Resources for Chaucer Studies. <http://panther.bsc.edu/%7Eshagen/chaucer.htm>.
Chaucer Metapage <http://www.unc.edu/depts/chaucer/>.
CHRISTINE DE PIZAN
Dorothy Disse, Other Women's Voices: Translations of Women's Writing before 1700. Christine de Pizan /Pisan(c.1364-aft.1429).<http://home.infionline.net/~ddisse/christin.html>.
Medieval Towns: <http://www.trytel.com/~tristan/towns/towns.html>
Castle Learning Center. <http://www.castles-of-britain.com/castle6.htm>.
The Crusades. <http://www.unf.edu/classes/crusades/>.
The Age of Charles V (1338-1380). <http://www.bnf.fr/enluminures/aaccueil.htm>.
All topics and assignments on the schedule are tentative; the instructor may change them at his discretion. Not all classes or assignments are listed here.
|Jan 15||Intro to Medieval History|
|Jan 22||The End of Rome||S 1-4, 9-11, 13; R 1-3|
|Jan 29||The Dark Ages||S 14-21; R 6|
|Jan 31||The Carolingians||S 24-26; R 7|
|Feb 3||The Creation of Europe|
|Feb 6||Feudal Politics||S 32-35; R 8-10|
|Feb 17||Peasant Life||S 29, 79-81; R 11-12, 18-21|
|Feb 19||Towns and Trade||S 47-51; R 13|
|Feb 17||Feudal Society|
|Feb 22||Medieval Faith||fff|
|Feb 24||Medieval Monks||fff|
|Feb 29||Medieval Heresy||fff|
|Mar 2||The Papacy||fff|
|Mar 16||Popes and Emperors||fff|
|Mar 21||Dynastic Monarchs|
|Apr 4||Late Medieval Crises||ddd|
|Apr 6||Women's Roles||ddd|
|Apr 11||Late Medieval Society||ddd|
|Apr 18||Medieval v Renaissance||ddd|
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